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Morbid Symptoms: Phonehacking, Celebrities and the Press

  • July 20, 2011
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As was to be expected, there was a lot of strategic humility on display in Parliament yesterday by both the Murdochs and la Brooks –  replete with softened curls to remove any unfortunate associations with Medusa or a Harry Potter witch.

The arrogance was mostly absent from all three, and there was a great deal of shock, moral indignation and regret at the News of the World’s decision to listen in on Milly Dowler’s phone – a decision that needless to say, was nothing to do with any of them.

The political implications of this scandal...

Partying with the Murdochs like it’s 1999

  • July 18, 2011
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The Mail on Sunday has published the guest list for Elizabeth Murdoch and hubby Matthew Freud’s  summer party, which took place at the Oxfordshire village of Burford on July 2, exactly twenty-four hours before the Milly Dowler phonehacking story went viral.

The Mail describes the ‘Chipping Norton Set’s last hurrah’ at Burford Priory as a ‘...

The Mice Turn on the Cat

  • July 16, 2011
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Watching the Murdoch empire unravel has certainly become one of the unexpected pleasures of the summer, but I’m not as inspired by the politicians who are now hunting the old bastard down as some commentators think I should be.

In a Guardian column today Jonathan Freedland described last week’s vote in parliament as a ‘British revolution’...

Samosas, Drinks and the EDL

  • July 12, 2011
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There was a bad result for the English Defence League (EDL) in my hometown of Cambridge on Saturday.   Some 200 EDL members attempted to march down Mill Road to protest outside the Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque in Mawson Road.    They were met by a counter-demonstration of 2,000 people, and prevented from reaching the...

The News of the World: RIP

  • July 08, 2011
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Having once spent many weekends outside Fortress Wapping in the 1980s, I will make no attempt to disguise the fact that it was  a hugely enjoyable experience to observe the dark heart of   the Murdoch empire  laid bare yesterday – and the disappearance of one its sleaziest and most amoral  publications.

Nor do the NOTW’s...

Now is the Summer of our Discontent

  • June 27, 2011
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It’s only three days before Thursday’s mass strike action, and anyone looking at the British media would be forgiven for believing that the world was about to end,or that the armies of the undead were about to lay waste to the nation’s cities.   What we actually contemplating is the prospect of public sector trade...

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